Jean-François Lombard is born in a family that counts numerous musicians. At the age of ten, he sang for the first time in a Puccini’s Tosca production staged at the Rouen Opera. To fulfill his wish to become a professional singer, he studied singing, music theory and analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région of Rouen. He then joined the Maîtrise du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and was immediately acknowledged for his rare haute-contre (high tenor) tessitura. From that time, he has been hired by Le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre), Les Paladins (Jérôme Correas), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), La Chapelle Rhénane (Benoît Haller), Les Folies Françoises (Patrick Cohën-Akenine), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), La Grande Ecurie & la Chambre du Roy (Jean-Claude Malgoire), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni), L’Ensemble Vocal & Instrumental de Lausanne (Michel Corboz), Le Fenice (Jean Tubéry).
On stage, Jean-François Lombard performed the title role of Rameau’s Platée at the Hudební Festival Znojmo in Czech Republic, Arnalta and Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Versailles Opéra Royal, Pisandro and Humana Fragilità in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at the Nice Opera, La Nourrice in Lully’s Cadmus & Hermione at the Paris Opéra Comique and at the Luxembourg Grand Théâtre, Tigrane in Pagliardi's Caligula delirante at the Paris Opéra Bastille, Charpentier’s Actéon (title role) at the Budapest Palace of Arts, Erice in Cavalli’s Ormindo at the Rennes Opera. He collaborated with stage managers such as Dan Jemmett, Christophe Rauck, Christian Gangneron, Benjamin Lazar, Constance Larrieu, and the choreographer Ana Yepes.
As for concerts, Jean-François Lombard performed Elviro in Cavalli’s Serse at the Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Rameau’s Pygmalion (title role) in Stockholm, as well as his Indes Galantes (Valère and Damon roles) at the Rome Academy of Santa Cecilia, Charpentier’s Actéon (title role) at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy.
In the United States, he sang arias and French baroque operas duets in Princeton, San José, Washington D.C. and a solo recital of French baroque operas arias at the Los Angeles Getty Center Museum.
His curiosity for the romantic and contemporary repertoires lead him to interpret Schubert’s Lieder besides pianist Alain Planès and Accentus Chamber Choir in Paris (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord). He was Charlie in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel at the Rouen Opera.
Thanks to the stage director and director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers Christophe Rauck, Jean-François Lombard began as an actor in Von Horváth’s Figaro divorce and keeps on in 2018 and 2019 in Shakespeare’s As you like it, on tour in France.
In autumn 2019 he sang Lully’s and Charpentier’s Te Deum conducted by Federico Sardelli at the Mantova Basilica Santa Barbara.
Among his flagship projects in 2021-22, let’s quote Orfeo 5063, the new stage show of Les Paladins directed by Jérôme Correas, and Lully’s Phaéton at the Nice Opéra,
Jean-François Lombard’s discography counts a lot of recordings, and most particularly the Cadmus & Hermione and Caligula Delirante DVDs released by Le Poème Harmonique, Cavalli’s Ormindo, Tenebris, Soleils baroques and Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres with Les Paladins, Le Salon de Musique de Marie-Antoinette (Naïve), Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata Virgine with La Petite Bande, Theatrum Musicum and Capricornus’ Leçons de Ténèbres with La Chapelle Rhénane, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit with Les Arts Florissants, A Journey through Lully’s operas with Les Pages & les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.
Magali Léger (soprano) and Jean-François Lombard recently founded Le Salon - Compagnie Léger-Lombard, devoted to 19th century chamber music with harp.